Over the summer and fall, the refinement of the floor plans was a focus for the architects and the Building Committee as we met frequently to review the designs. As of this writing all of the major components of the plan have been set, while refinements will continue through the end of the Design Development phase in December. The major improvement was moving the main circulation stair to a more central location in line with the main (new) entrance.
A photo documentation project was begun for the MA Historical Commission, capturing many photographs of the existing building (interior and exterior) prior to demolition. These photographs will eventually be incorporated into an historic display in the new/renovated Library.
A search was completed for a temporary home for the library, with the vacant St. Andrews Church in North Grafton selected. The building is in good shape, will accommodate the majority of the Library collection and will provide enough space for the popular programming to continue.
The DRA issued a draft schedule for the project with major milestones as follows:
- Design Complete: End of March 2019
- Bidding: March/April 2019
- Library Move: early April 2019
- Construction Start: May 1, 2019
- Construction Complete: September 2020
The next Library Planning and Building Committee meeting is Tuesday December 11 at 6:00pm, prior to our 7:30pm presentation for the Board of Selectman regarding what the committee does and it’s direction for the coming year.
Hoopla is a platform for downloading ebooks, e-audiobooks, comics, movies, tv shows and music with your Grafton Library Card. If you haven’t tried it yet, register today at
Now is a great time to try Hoopla while we have increased the borrow limit from 8 to 12 items!
We are thankful for our patrons and have increased the borrow limit on hoopla to 12 from November 23 through the end of the year as a gift to help with your Holiday viewings!
Giving Tree 2018
These beautifully knit items adorn our Giving Tree and will be donated to the Grafton Food Bank this December from the Library’s Saturday Afternoon Knitting Group for distribution to Grafton families. We invite you to also donate a hand-knit or store bought knit hat, scarf or mittens to decorate the tree and donate to families in need.
Interested in joining the Library Knitting Group? Whether you are an experienced knitter or just want to learn – join us at the library for an afternoon of knitting.
Next meeting date: Saturday, December 8 from 2-4 pm. Sign up in the library or by emailing email@example.com.
Payment online through PayPal only:
Gingerbread House – SOLD OUT
Poinsettia – $5*
Star – $5*
Wreath – $5*
Snowflake – $5*
*$5 ornament kits can be picked up at the Main Desk of Grafton Public Library. Please show email verifying purchase.
In the event of inclement weather, the Grafton Public Library may close to ensure safety for Library staff and visitors. In the event of a Library closing, all fines and fees for materials due on the unscheduled closed date will be waived. If the Grafton Public Schools are closed, but the Library remains open, all scheduled Library programs will be canceled. The Library encourages our members to consider their own safety first and foremost, and follow all government issued travel advisories and bans.
Full policy: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Th-dD_3wJsj12jaiMW-uhH8Z8nq2n9ow/view
We are pleased to offer two new museum passes: Zoo New England and Mass Audubon Society!
ZOO NEW ENGLAND offers discount admission to Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo. Zoo New England manages and operates both the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, MA. Its mission is to inspire people to protect and sustain the natural world by creating fun and enjoyable experiences that integrate wildlife and conservation programs, research and education.
LIBRARY PASS is valid for general daytime admission to Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo only. It admits up to 6 people at $9.00 per adult and $6.00 per child. Please review the Library’s Museum Pass Policy and reserve your pass through our online pass reservations.
Check out the ZOO NEW ENGLAND website for more information and to plan your visit.
MASS AUDUBON SOCIETY pass offers discount tickets to 58 wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Mass Audubon protects 36,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. It welcomes more than half a million visitors a year to its various wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers.
LIBRARY PASS provides for $2.00 admission to Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuaries. It is valid for up to four persons at one time. Children under 2 are admitted free. Valid during normal hours of operation, with the exception of occasional, special fundraising days.Included with the pass is a guide booklet to Mass Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuaries, Nature Centers, and Museums. Please review the Library’s Museum Pass Policy and reserve your pass through our online pass reservations.
BEFORE RESERVING A PASS CHECK THE MASS AUDUBON WEBSITE FOR DETAILS REGARDING HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THEIR VARIOUS LOCATIONS.
All museum passes are provided by the Friends of the Grafton Public Library.
Join us for a special, seasonal, all-ages storytime. Listen to some sleepy stories before you head to bed. Pajamas, blankets and stuffed friends are encouraged! Thursday, April 4 at 6:15 pm. Drop-in program, registration is not required.
The Grafton Public Library will be closing at 5 pm on Wednesday, November 21 and will be closed on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 in observation of the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday. No items are due on the days we are closed. The Library will reopen at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 24.
Museum passes may be picked up in advance on Tuesday, Nov. 20 (10 am – 9 pm) or Wednesday, Nov. 21 (10 am-5 pm).
Please visit our digital branch online to read a newspaper, check out an ebook, learn a new language, and more!